Cal Opens 2007 Campaign at Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan. 26, 2007

CAL TEES OFF AT PING/ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE
The California Golden Bears open their 2007 spring campaign on Monday at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson. The 54-hole event will be contested at Arizona National, a par 71, 6,900-yard layout. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday, Jan. 29 with continuous play scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. PST. The final 18 holes will start at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Live tournament scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.

LEADERS BY CLASS
The Golden Bears are expected to be led by a senior, a junior and a sohomore in 2007. Michael Wilson, the senior, has won a school-record three individual titles in his career and is the only Bear remaining from Cal's 2004 NCAA Championship squad. Junior Michael Jensen averaged a 72.2 through 12 rounds in the fall and sophomore George Gandranata led the Bears with a 71.7 average in the fall. Wilson won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in October, opening with a blistering 65 and wrapping up the title with a 67 and a 70. Jensen led the Bears at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at -4, while Gandranata logged a pair of 67's at the MacKenzie.

LAST YEAR
The Golden Bears were tied for 14th last year at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate. George Gandranata was the top finisher with a 219 to tie for 40th place. Freddy Wolfe also had a solid day, firing a 72-73-76 to tie for 50th with a 221. BYU won the event last year with an 834 (-18) and Arizona's Henry Liaw won a four-hole playoff for the victory after firing a 204 over 54 holes.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Five of the teams in the 16-team field finished the fall season ranked in the (Nov. 15) GCAA/Bridgestone Top-25 Coaches Poll. The following teams are scheduled to compete (ranking): Arizona State (20), Brigham Young (17), California, UC-Irvine, East Tennessee State (15), Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas-El Paso, Tennessee (12), UNLV (14) and host Arizona (two squads).

BEARS' LINE-UP
Cal's lineup (in order) for the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate is listed below.Player YR 06 FALL STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISHAndrey Mindirgasov Fr. 15 1097 73.1 67 T10Michael Jensen Jr. 12 867 72.2 68 8Evan Derian Fr. 0 -- -- -- --George Gandranata So. 12 861 71.7 67 T5Kent Yamane Jr. 9 659 73.2 68 T10

LINEUP LOOK:
Cal has a couple of surprises in the lineup for its spring debut. Freshman Evan Derian, who battled a back injury and did not see any tournament action in the fall, will make his collegiate debut on Monday, while junior Kent Yamane, another fall newcomer as a junior-college transfer will also see action. Freshman Andrey Mindirgasov, a third newcomer to the Bears in 05-06, was the team's top qualifer for this week's event. Junior Michael Jensen and sophomore George Gandranata wrap up the lineup.

FALL RECAP
The Golden Bears played five fall tournaments, highlighted by a victory in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (second year in a row winning the event). George Gandranata led the team with a 12-round average of 71.7 while Michael Jensen was just behind at 72.2. Junior Brandon Beck had a solid fall with a 72.4 over nine rounds and Michael Wilson averaged a 73.0, including the individual title at the MacKenzie. Newcomer Andrey Mindirgasov was impressive in his debut, averaging a 73.1, including a low round of 67 at the MacKenzie.

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